~ A Broken Heart vs. A Hard Heart ~
Benefits of a Broken Heart
A person who has a broken heart will continually fellowship with the Lord, since “the Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18).…
Reasons for a Broken Heart
1. Personal Transgressions
As a believer, you should regularly examine the condition of your heart and repent of sins. “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man” (Matthew 15:18b).…
2. The Transgressions of Others
Your heart should be broken not only for your own sins but also for the sins of others….
What causes hardness of heart?
Setting Up Idols in Your Heart
“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.” (Ezekiel 14:3-5)
Consequences of a Hard Heart
Those who fail to have a broken heart develop a hard heart and store up wrath for the future. “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;” (Romans 2:5)
(Since this whole section (Broken Heart vs. Hard Heart) is quite long, I am not going to write everything…I’m only going to share what I highlighted that stood out to me. The following is from “How to develop a Broken Heart”)
……….When you compare your behavior to that of others, you give yourself reason to be self-righteous. However, if you continually measure yourself by the holy Law of God, you will have a broken and contrite heart.
………Every believer experiences His (the Holy Spirit’s) conviction in the heart. …… If you respond to His conviction, you will have a broken and contrite heart.
……..The fear of the Lord is the constant awareness that God is evaluating everything you think, say, and do and that He will give a just reward for all your actions.
…….Remember that the purpose of a broken heart is to draw you closer to the Lord.
Series to be concluded in the next post: “A Tender Heart vs. A Bitter Heart”